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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Claremont McKenna is a highly rated private college located in Claremont, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,337 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Claremont McKenna acceptance rate is 10%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Liberal Arts and Humanities. Graduating 90% of students, Claremont McKenna alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,900.
About Claremont McKenna College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
888 Columbia Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
Website

Claremont McKenna College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
10%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1340-1510
ACT Range
30-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$28,712/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$40,673/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
45%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,337Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
12%
Varsity Athletes
40%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Econ "bro" that's probably "studying abroad" in DC
    36%
  • Future consultant hoping to get super rich
    36%
  • Driven
    18%
  • Upper-middle class white boys
    9%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
59%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.32 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
Report
  • Econ Majors
    56%
  • Go-getters
    22%
  • Bros and valedictorians
    11%
  • Super rich kids
    11%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Claremont McKenna College Reviews

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Where do I begin, I have so much to say about how much I love this school. When I first came to Claremont McKenna, I feared that it would be difficult to make friends as it is such a small school. However, the first day shocked me completely. Everyone was so freaking nice, like unbelievably nice. In the last 3 months of being here, I know about 250/360 kids in my class, and of course a lot of upperclassmen. The party scene here is exactly what I want from a school ,inclusivity, but everyone definitely shares a work hard, play hard mentality. We know how to party, but we also know how to be the scholarly students we got in here for being. The party scene truly is spectacular. The dining hall food is amazing. Sports teams are great as 1/3 of the student body participates in sports There are pretty much a million ways to get involved on campus. I want to continue rambling about how much I love it here, but I also have an econ quiz tomorrow, but I hope that helps. S'GO STAGTHENAS!
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I am a first year. Adjusting to a new school is never easy, but I've enjoyed my experience so far. My professors are supportive and often available, I have access to six dining halls on my campus and the other campuses in the consortium, and when I had dorm problems, Dean of Students office was quick to respond. I chose this school because of the consortium and because they gave me the most financial aid, although I still struggle financially to pay for college. The hardest part is finding a community I fit in at school. The dominant community is what you'd expect at a predominantly white institution: predominantly white wealthy students, individualistic tendencies, inability to say excuse me, and more. However, there are good people - gems, I call them - and they lighten my day when I interact with them. I hope to meet more of those.
I love this place more than words can describe. CMCers are unique. Everyone shares the same drive for success and achievement, and everyone truly finds their niche on campus. Whether it's in a sport, in student government, in the Rose institute, in event planning, in KLI, there is something for everyone to get involved and active. The school is everything I want and more. The small classes makes learning so much more interesting; trust me, sitting around a table with 15 other people and talking about government or philosophy is super enjoyable. Socially, it is so ridiculously easy to make friends. Everyone is so friendly and outgoing, you really have to try to not make any. The party scene is fantastic. What other school has a drinking policy like this or would give the student government hundreds of thousands of dollars to plan parties. It's kind of ridiculous, but CMC is ridiculous, and I love it so much.